Tuesday , Aug , 05 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

J.R. Smith Reportedly to Re-sign with Denver Nuggets Soon

The 22-year-old Smith is a restricted free agent, but there is no indication that he and the Nuggets are going to part ways anytime soon. In fact, I’ve been told by a very reliable source that J.R. is not going anywhere and he could re-sign with Denver within the next 7 to 10 days.

Smith is one of those young players the Nuggets can ill afford to let go. He has had some bumpy times in Denver — not to mention his home state of New Jersey, where he was the driver in a fatal accident last summer — but he showed signs of maturity last season and even gained back much of the trust that George Karl had lost in him during the 2007 playoffs. Plus, he can shoot as well as anyone in the league.